Part of the Vincent Price Blogathon hosted by Nitrate Diva We have a lot of Vincent Price fans as regulars here on The Baz. I’m one myself in fact, so it seems appropriate to take part in the VP blogathon and celebrate Vincent’s talent. I thought about looking at A COMEDY OF TERRORS, a movie I actually like quite a lot (though many deplore it), but I want to leave that to a more general consideration of Basil’s later movies. So, today I’m talking about that strange hybrid film, TOWER OF LONDON. Part faithful historical exploration. Part Universal Horror. Featuring fine nuanced performances from the likes of Price, Basil Rathbone and Ian Hunter on the one hand, and Karloff with a club foot and a bald wig on the other, TOWER OF LONDON covers the life of Richard III, from the second accession to the throne of his brother Edward IV in 1471 to his own death at Bosworth in 1485. Much as I love it, I have to concede it’s a car crash of …
It’s not by simple chance that Flynn and Rathbone were adopted as a subject by Queer Theorists, or that they have become slash icons for a new generation of fans on Tumblr and elsewhere. You don’t need to begin crassly exploring their personal sexualities to be aware that something happened when Flynn and Rathbone were on screen together, duelling or not.
A reminder to everyone that this weekend (July 13-14) is the Dynamic Duos in Classic Film Blogathon. Our boy is being featured twice. On Sunday July 14 this blog is looking at the Flynn/Rathbone duelling partnership, and tomorrow, July 13, We Recycle Movies is focusing on Rathbone’s other immortal screen-marriage, with Nigel Bruce. So don’t forget to check that out.
“In a co-host gig with the fabulous Classic Movie Hub (@ClassicMovieHub), Once Upon a Screen (@CitizenScreen) is happy to announce this upcoming blogathon event dedicated to perilous, precarious and/or personable pairs…” THE BAZ is participating. Our subject? Flynn and Rathbone. It pretty much chose itself.